- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Nov edition (July 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0449816192
- ISBN-13: 978-0449816196
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I CAN BE AN ACTRESS/ Hardcover – July 23, 2013
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It then gets worse. Barbie tries to email her design ideas to Steven when all the sudden things go downhill. She, the computer engineer, reboots the computer but needs the help of her sister to do so. Skipper then has to point out to Barbie, the expert, that she has a virus. While that's not enough, Barbie convinces Skipper to let her use her computer and then Barbie, the computer engineer, promptly infects Skipper's machine with a virus, which causes Skipper to lose her homework and files. Barbie then basically shrugs off this slight and skips off to school, where she finds herself in computer class asking about what to do about viruses.
The teacher then gives out technically inaccurate advice (but I digress) and the scene moves onto after school where Barbie is meeting the boys. It is Steven, not Barbie the computer engineer who actually "can do" computer engineering. Their exchange:
"I've got Skipper's assignment from the hard drive!" exclaims Steven.
"Fantastic!" says Barbie. "And her other files, as well?"
"I've got everything", says Steven. "Now let's retrieve the files from your hard drive. Both laptops will be good as new in no time!"
The next scene is the next morning where Barbie presents her sister with her lost files. Barbie takes 100% of the credit for fixing something to which she contributed nothing. Barbie also accepts extra credit for work she did not do. The story cites - of all things - her exceptional computer skills as the reason.
This is in stark contrast to the Actress Barbie in the first story in the book. In that story, Barbie is a grown woman, a competent and well-known professional, who actually does save the day by helping some younger folks in the theater.
I work as a software engineer, which is a male dominated field. It is exactly these stereotypes and portrayals of girls like the one in this book that are the driving force behind the lack of girls wanting to enter these lucrative technology fields. This book is part of the problem. I hope Random House replaces this book with something more appropriate for children.
Also wonderful for starting your backyard grill.
once again, women programmers are shafted by the toy industry who insists computers are toys for boys (http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/10/21/357629765/when-women-stopped-coding). This has already put generations of women in challenging situations when they enter university computer science programs. This book could do something to change that. but, no.
Please, please do not buy this book.
Do your daughter a favor, and just download the past year of @SwiftOnSecurity's tweets, instead. She'll learn far more about computer security, engineering, and girl power from a real fake girl than from this waste of tree carcasses.
Lessons you learn from "I Can Be a Computer Engineer":
A girl needs a boy to do anything of value.
Women are not able to fix their own computer problems.
Girls need boys to do their work for them but can simply take the credit and no one will worry about who really did the work since, duh! a girl couldn’t have done it by herself.
Basically this book enforces all the bad stereotypes about women/girls not being capable enough to compete with men/boys when it comes to careers in technology. Fantastic.
Women in geek culture are already treated as second class citizens, this book had a chance to do something good and failed - MISERABLY.
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